Today a reader forwarded to me a link to the latest article from Chris Hallquist (aka, the Uncredible Hallq). The article is titled “Philosophy of religion is mostly not taken seriously in mainstream philosophy“. Basically, Chris describes the current hostility many secular philosophers hold toward philosophy of religion. He’s certainly right to note that this hostility exists. But so what? Sixty years ago philosophers were widely skeptical of metaphysics. My, how the fashions change.
Perhaps folks like Chris should spend less time worrying about what is fashionable at a given moment and more time focusing on good arguments.
It never ceases to amaze me how supposedly tough-minded, free-thinking academics remain so influenced by the changing fashion trends of their peers. It is as if they were a bunch of pimple-faced twelve year olds desperate to fit into the turbulent world of junior high.
As Kant said, “Sapere aude! Dare to think for yourselves.”
So what prompted Chris to delve into the current fashions in philosophy?
No surprise, it was Peter Boghossian. Still smarting from the drubbing he suffered at the hands of philosopher of religion Tim McGrew, Boghossian has now retreated to Twitter where he can take indirect pot-shots at McGrew and other philosophers of religion from a safe distance:
Boghossian clearly thinks this is a real snub. Because in his world, the world of the philosophy fashionistas, the most important thing is being allowed to sit at the “adult table”.
Good luck with that, Peter.